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12/09/2013 09:51 BST

James McCarthy Unveiled By Everton (VIDEO)

James McCarthy has admitted "there was no looking back" when Everton wanted to sign him.

The £13 million former Wigan midfielder is reunited with former Latics boss Roberto Martínez after four years at the DW Stadium.

Martínez brought McCarthy to Wigan for just £1.1m from Hamilton in 2009 and the 22-year-old Irishman was effusive about his mentor's credentials.

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McCarthy excelled under Martínez at Wigan

"It is good to be reunited with the gaffer," McCarthy admitted. "I loved my time at Wigan and I enjoyed my time there under Owen Coyle, but to get a chance to work under the gaffer again - it was a huge offer.

"He is a very good manager. You can see how he likes to play football. It is always pleasing on the eye for people watching.

"I enjoy passing the ball and getting on the ball and that is what the gaffer does.

"Coming to such a huge club was also something I didn't want to pass up. As soon as I heard they were interested there was no looking back."

McCarthy has now joined up with his new team-mates for training ahead of Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash with Chelsea but he is not expecting to go straight into the side.